Cat loses leg after suspected animal cruelty

Last week, Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) was alerted to an injured cat in the Cathedral area. The cat — who we’ve since named Duke — was reported by a concerned citizen after he was seen limping with something tied around one of his legs. Duke had eluded his would be rescuers so RCR volunteers set out to humanely trap him.

Duke once he was safely trapped

Duke once he was safely trapped

Thankfully, he was trapped quickly and volunteers were able to get him to a vet to be assessed. Duke was suffering and in pain because he had a string tied tightly and double knotted around his rear left leg. The loss of circulation caused permanent damage and amputation was the only course of action to save his life.

You can view photos of Duke’s injury here , here and here. Warning - photos are very graphic.

Given that the string was double knotted around his leg, we suspect it was tied there deliberately. We also can’t rule out that it could have been part of a snare set by humans.

We’re telling Duke’s story so that his pain and misfortune can serve as a reminder to all pet guardians to keep their cats indoors for their own safety. There are countless dangers outdoors for cats, including traffic, poison, other animals, and humans with bad intentions.

Duke’s leg was successfully amputated on Friday and he’s currently recovering in an RCR foster home where he’s on pain medication and antibiotics to help him heal. We’re letting Duke take it one day at a time hoping that he may learn to trust humans and come out of his shell. For now, he prefers to stay safe and hidden in a kennel.

You can help Duke — and other cats in need — by donating to RCR by e-transfer, PayPal, cash or cheque. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more.

Six ways to save lives during kitten season

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes kitten season.

Kitten season is the time of year when shelters and rescues like Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) are inundated with kittens — kittens that were born to abandoned cats and from pet owners who aren’t prepared to care for their cat’s litter.

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While a flood of kittens sounds cute, it’s a huge drain on resources and every year we struggle to find enough time, money and foster space. But you can help save lives by taking one — or many! — of the following actions:

  1. Spay/neuter your pet cat. Regina has a cat overpopulation crisis — don’t contribute to it by allowing your pet to breed. Beat the heat and have your pets sterilized before kitten season starts!

  2. Spay/neuter community cats in your neighbourhood. Have a stray or community cat hanging around in your neighbourhood? Work with your neighbours, friends and family to pool together funds and come up with a plan to get your community’s cat sterilized.

  3. Sign up to foster with RCR. We have no shelter facility so all of our rescued cats and kittens need foster homes. We need foster homes to socialize/tame feral kittens, to act as emergency fosters for short term placements, to raise moms and babies, and for adult rescues.

  4. Donate kitten formula and food. We need KMR kitten formula for orphaned kittens that require bottle feeding to survive and cans of wet kitten food to help them grow strong. You can buy these items at most vet clinics and pet food stores. Donations can be dropped off at Excalipurr Cat Café (2156 Albert Street, Regina).

  5. Found kittens outside? Don’t panic. Their mom is probably hunting for food or for a safer nest. Watch the kittens from afar for a few hours to see if mom returns. The kittens’ best chance at survival is to be rescued with their mother — not without her.

  6. Sponsor the spay or neuter of rescued kitten. Sterilization is the final step for a rescued kitten on its journey to its forever home. Help get them there by sponsoring their spay or neuter!

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Frozen felines lucky to survive extreme cold

Tally warms up in a car after being unfrozen from a gravel road where she was stuck

Tally warms up in a car after being unfrozen from a gravel road where she was stuck

Frozen pipes, cars that won’t start and bulky winter coats are the inconveniences of winter for many people. But for the vulnerable - like abandoned cats and kittens - extreme winter conditions are a matter of life and death.

This winter, Regina Cat Rescue (RCR) has helped many cats get in out of the cold, and three recent rescues are particularly lucky to be safe and warm indoors after facing extraordinary odds.

When an RCR volunteer was travelling on a desolate gravel road for work she noticed what she thought was a bird in the road. Instead, it was Tally. She was so covered in snow that her long fur was completely frozen to the ground. And while she’s now warm and safe, Tally’s front paw is injured and may require amputation. We continue to work with our partner vets to determine the best outcome for Tally.

Frysta’s ears will soon fall off due to frostbite

Frysta’s ears will soon fall off due to frostbite

Frysta was found frozen in a tree as temperatures dipped to -35°C. An RCR volunteer spotted her and was able to get her inside, warmed up and into our care. When Frysta was assessed at the vet, it was a shock to learn that this eight-month-old girl weighed just 1.5 kg – about the weight we’d expect of a three-month-old kitten. She remains wobbly on her feet likely due to malnutrition and will lose her ears due to frostbite, but is slowly recovering in a foster home.

King was just a black dot on a white highway when a motorist spotted him. The motorist couldn’t understand why a cat was sitting in the middle of a highway so he stopped to investigate. Turns out, King’s paw was literally frozen to the highway and he wasn’t able to move. Once freed from the highway, King was turned over to RCR and was assessed by a vet. His ears are tender from frostbite, but overall the prognosis is good for this very lucky little guy.

King recovers in a warm vehicle after being saved from a freezing highway

King recovers in a warm vehicle after being saved from a freezing highway

For every cat we’re able to help, we know there are many more struggling to survive during this polar vortex. Please help by:

  • Keeping your pets indoors (always, but especially in cold weather)

  • Checking the wheel well and under the hood of your vehicle for cats and kittens seeking warmth

  • Cleaning up all anti-freeze spills (it’s extremely toxic to cats but its sweet taste makes it very enticing)

  • Not leaving your cat in a cold car

  • Taking action when you see an animal freezing outside (don’t assume someone else will help)

  • Preparing for community cats to survive the winter

  • Donating to RCR so we can pay for veterinary care for cats like Frysta, King and Tally.

-Rachel, Regina Cat Rescue